Lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(1320 ratings)

By

Magazine subscription – 3 issues for £3

Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 10 slices

It's difficult not to demolish this classic by Tana Ramsay in just one sitting, so why not make two at once?

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per slice

kcalories
399
protein
5g
carbs
50g
fat
21g
saturates
13g
fibre
1g
sugar
33g
salt
0.3g

Ingredients

  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon
  • 225g self-raising flour

For the drizzle topping

  • juice 1½ lemons
  • 85g caster sugar

Buy Ingredients

Buy the ingredients for this recipe now via:

Want to know how this works? Read all about it here.

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Beat together 225g softened unsalted butter and 225g caster sugar until pale and creamy, then add 4 eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through. Sift in 225g flour, then add the finely grated zest of 1 lemon and mix until well combined. Line a loaf tin (8 x 21cm) with greaseproof paper, then spoon in the mixture and level the top with a spoon.
  2. Bake for 45-50 mins until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. While the cake is cooling in its tin, mix together the juice of 1 1/2 lemons and 85g caster sugar to make the drizzle. Prick the warm cake all over with a skewer or fork, then pour over the drizzle – the juice will sink in and the sugar will form a lovely, crisp topping. Leave in the tin until completely cool, then remove and serve. Will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days, or freeze for up to 1 month.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2007

Ads by Google

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

Comments

Show comments
west1871's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

followed the recipe to the letter- lovely cake, very lemony, if not a bit greasy, would probably use less butter next time.
Definately needs longer than the time stated , mine needed 1hr at 170c fan (my oven is normally very quick). After the 50 mins my cake was not cooked and you could tell as the top was bubbling and not fir to the touch so I left it until it felt firm and there was no visible liquid on the top and it tasted lovely.
One final point - I too could not get the finish on the picture with the glaze even though left to cool a bit- I don't believe its possible.

joanneclaire's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Made this last night! Used the zest of one and a half lemons for the cake which worked well! However, I think I'll try using icing sugar instead of caster sugar for the drizzle on top next time!

mojito84's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Very easy to make and nice and lemony.

solatium's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

This is delicious, I cooked it in two deep victoria sandwich tins, so had one to eat warm when the topping was gooey and saved one for the next day when it was crisp mmmmmm lemons

lornstar7's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

This cake is heavenly. The best cake ever! Definitely go for 2 lemons, and keep an eye on it as it cooks - mine was ready after 35 mins! yummmmmmmy!

fathertedsfavenun's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

this is absolutely goregous, loved by all the family, and easy enough to make (ask my 9 year old!!). Love it!!!

o_deanna's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Very delicious for such a simple recipe - I use more lemon for extra tang, and it stays moist for days with all that juice.

tan_tan's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Very Very nice cake. the drizzle didn't work though-its slid off the top and only soaked in where the cake had cracked! will make a mormal lemon icing next time. I used lime zest in the cake and it worked a treat.

milesmum's picture

I find it easier to weigh my eggs in their shells (eg. 266g) then combine with equal quantities of butter/sugar/flour. Love this recipe. Served it recently with a lemoncurd/mascarpone filling.

claireliz27's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Fab cake and really easy to make. Like everyone else added 2 lemons and tasted great!!

walnuts's picture

please can anyone advise me as i made this cake following the recepie, but when i sliced into it the middle was not cooked. It seems like a lot of mixture for a 2lb loaf tin, any ideas?

maureenchalmers's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

scrummy - I've now made this three times and everyone loves it. Keeps well for three or four days wrapped tightly in foil.

josp74's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

As per other comments really easy to make and tastes great. However it took 1h10 to cook so not sure if my oven temp was quite right but followed the instructions exactly? Also the cake has risen alot more than the above photo.
However will make again but might do in a normal cake tin rather than loaf tin so it cooks quicker.

c_foulk's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

gorgeous - i just keep making it and people never tire of it!

angels68's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

sorry me again forgot to rate it most definitly 5 STARS.

angels68's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Made this cake at the begining of the week, very easy to make if you not very good at making cakes like me they always seem to deflate after comming out of the oven, You will find this really easy and really tasty, this was a huge hit with my husband who wants me to make another and this time I might try it with buttercream in the middle.

shas_grub's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

THIS RECIPE IS BRILL!!!! VERY EASY AND ENJOYED BY WHOLE FAMILY........I KEPT TO RECIPE DESPITE COMMENTS RECOMMENDING 2 LEMONS AND FOUND IT TO BE DELICIOUSLY MOIST AND LEMONY!! I DID HOWEVER ADD A BUTTERCREAM FILLING AS REQUESTED BY MY HUBBY & ADDED SOME LEMON JUICE TO THIS. I AM TAKING PIECE OF THIS CAKE TO MY MUM TOMORROW......SHALL LET YOU KNOW HER OPINION. THIS IS DEFINITELY A RECIPE TO BE SAVED AND MADE AGAIN X

bexbright's picture

Awesome cake! It didnt last long! I recommend it

bahrain01's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

I have to say I read the comments left for this recipe and thought I would give it a try, it didn't disappoint. I do however agree with perhaps adding more lemon if you like it truly zingy and zesty. My husband and I loved it, suffice to say it disappeared within days.

hamishmum's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Absolutely delicious - i also used 2 lemons & the cake was a big hit with everyone. I froze it & it was just as good.

Pages

Questions

Tips